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Biology A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

A Level Biology aims to enhance your understanding and appreciation of living organisms, how they function individually and how they interact with one another.

You will plan experiments, collect data, analyse results and make conclusions. You will study diseases, the organisation of cells, variation in organisms and the influence of genetic and environmental factors.

You will also study populations and environments, looking at certain ecosystems, how human activity affects the ecological balance and how genetic variation can lead to the formation of new species. In addition, you will learn about control in cells and organisms, looking at stimulus and responses, homeostasis, genes and genetic expression.


Course content

Units of study may include:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Exchange of substances
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • How organisms respond to change in the internal and external environment
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Control of gene expression

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade C in Maths and English Language as well as Biology or Science (both Core and Additional) at grade B or above.


You will be assessed by three external written examinations at the end of the two-year course. Practical work is assessed in each written examination.

Future opportunities

Former students have gone to study at some of the UK’s top universities including; the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, King’s College London and the University of Manchester.

Biology students are reading interesting degrees such as Medicine, Optometry, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Veterinary Science, Biological Science or Marine Zoology to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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